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Eileen Connell Undergraduate Researcher UMBC

Researcher of the Week:
Eileen Connell

Meet Eileen,
She is an Environmental Science major and a URA Scholar. In her spare time she is an avid dancer, likes cooking with friends and working on creative projects. Her future plans is to continue her studies in population genetics and to pursue her Master's degree.

Her research will examine the unique migration pattern of the American Redstart, a migratory bird, in Nova Scotia and New Brunswick. The populations are genetically distinct from each other and the differences between the populations will be examined through their mitochondrial DNA. The results will show the level of relatedness between the populations in order to determine when the populations diverged. The unique migration pattern of the American Redstart could result in gene flow that would produce a homogenous population.

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